I spent the first two hours basically listening to "Americans are mislead by the social media about what is healthy and my research shows that having high animal based diets leads to health issues later in life" rephrased a few hundred times.
Now, I am not saying that the book doesn't have some interesting points or facts about it, because it does. Did I decide to become a Vegan after reading this? Well, no. Because the thing I was really interested in was the actually study that is mostly skimmed over.
I really had a hard time staying with this one, especially for the first hour or so. I put it up for a month, and then came back to it. The up side, it has changed my life. It may have added ten or 20 years to it too. I have learned much from it, and I have been experimenting with the knowledge I have gained, and so far, the results are not tremendous… nothing like I hoped for, but unlike any other time in my life, there are indeed results. If only half of us took the Authors advice, I suspect we would not need a health care debate any more, nor would we have a financial crisis, but abounding excess of wealth.
Amazing, amazing book that has changed my thinking on food forever! Thank you to the Campbell's for having the courage to go against the grain.
I was already a very healthy person but healthy in the wrong way. I would eat chicken and fish instead of cow and pig. I would eat a lot of greens like kale. But I never knew I could be even healthier by cutting out the meats. I finished this book today and I'm on my way to the store to go shopping for my new whole plant based diet.
I would make a Cliffs Notes version. The contents need to be condensed, and the sales pitch needs to be dispensed with.
The reading was very clear, and he did a fine job of trying to make the subject matter sound interesting. It's not the reader's fault.
It inspired me to never order another controversial health book.
This book is tedious. The author droned on and on about the evils of meat, fat, animal protein, etc. I get it, don't eat meat. I don't have a problem with that since it's the very reason that I ordered the book, but it took far too long to find any serious material, and when I did it was seeded amidst more of the same ominous warnings against the consumption of the standard American diet. It would have been very nice to have had a data only version of this study, minus the pontificating. If you already revile meat, and you're hoping to find a book that reassures you that you're doing the right thing, then this is probably your book. It's like this: Fox News for conservatives, MSNBC for liberals, Atkins for those who can't get enough meat, and the China Study for vegans. I wish I could agree or disagree with the conclusions, but I can't stand listening to this (it has been a couple of hours now) and I regret buying it.
The information book scares the heck out of me and makes me worry and sure makes me think twice about casein and animal proteins, but then I wonder if the information therein is skewed and I need to do some more reading elsewhere to analyse the issue. It is certainly an extremely important issue - our health and lifespans!
One thing is for certain, I am now consuming less casein and animal protein, but not all or most, just consuming it intentionally and thinking about it. The book has made me aware that there may be an issue and I have to read more and find out.
The delivery was excellent, it is a very good book, it is just that I am unsure of the studies' results because I do not have a solid grounding in statistics to test their claims.
I suspect, however, that as a result of this book, were I ever to be diagnosed with cancer I would be giving its guidelines a diligent and thorough go!
I will definitely be listening to The China Study again.
I was a bit sceptical about the ideas expressed in The China Study at first because some of it reads like a conspiracy story. So I did some Google-ing and found some well written criticisms on the internet. After listening some more, and being reminded that Campbell himself is a scientist and bases his observations only on properly peer reviewed information and his own published material, I went back to the criticism and looked a level deeper. Surely enough, the criticism itself did not have the kind of academic rigour you find in this book (ie it wasn't always based on science or drew questionable conclusions from data) or even worse had some link with the food industry and nutrition that Campbell criticises.The problem with reading this stuff is that *everything* seems way out. If, like me, you base (based) every meal you cook around the meat part (the protein central to a healthy diet, right?), it's almost impossible to imagine doing it any other way. And on top of that, so many of the vegetarian/vegan diets and support groups have a fairly strong hippy, earth loving flavour which doesn't seem practical for a young first-worlder. It feels a long way away from the science making such a strong argument that eating a typical western diet makes you sick in the long run.Some of Campbell's claims, such as that second-phase cancer and heart disease can be *reversed* by changing your diet seem too good to be true. And then you listen to the facts and wonder what you have to lose. Even if you don't believe those assertions, the statistics on the *risk* of cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other diseases from the typical western diet are alone enough to make you seriously think about making some life changing decisions.Since following Campbell's advice I feel a more healthy human being and wish I'd read it before I was 38. I am 11 kilograms lighter (I wasn't overweight but I was at the top end of the recommended range for my age and height, and now I'm in the bottom-middle range) and much, much fitter. According to the science referenced, this would happen for you too. I'd at least suggest listening to the book, then making up your own mind. One other piece of advice - there is a "China Study" cook book coming out in 2013, which might make the change easier too. Good luck!
I felt Stefan read the book very well - in fact I just felt like I was listening to Campbell himself.
The book is a well researched analysis of the effects of our diet on our health, specifically focused on it's impact on promoting cancer and heart disease. The volume of high quality evidence clearly points the reader to a diet that is significantly different than the existing Western diet. It also challenges a political system that protects the interest of big business at the expense of the masses. This would be a great place to start eliminating unnecessary health care costs and suffering. The food we raise and condition our children to eat is killing them, and it's getting worse. So read up, and many thanks to the Campbell's for starting the real food revolution! And "YES" I am a convert! Seems like an opportunity for another Micheal Moore documentary.